The master’s degree in Teaching, Learning and Leadership with an option in Special
Education is designed to train and equip educators who work with students with disabilities
across a variety of K-12 educational settings. Our graduates have the foundational
knowledge and skills needed to work with children with disabilities by addressing
academic, communication, social, behavioral and adaptive skills. We prepare educators
who value diversity, life-long learning and advocate for quality educational opportunities
for all students.
This face-to-face learning pathway is designed for those seeking to provide intensive
behavioral and academic interventions for a successful student learning experience.
Program curriculum addresses the principles of special education, positive behavior
interventions and supports and applied behavior analysis. This face-to-face coursework
has been verified by Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), which gives students the opportunity to pursue national board certification in
in a variety of K-12 educational settings
Advanced Interventions for Increased Academic Achievement
Improving Literacy Skills of Individuals with Disabilities
Planning, Compliance & Instruction in Special Education
Transition into Adulthood for Individuals with Disabilities
Characteristics & Teaching Methods for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Classroom & Behavior Management
Behavioral Assessment and Consultation
Applied Behavior Analysis
Culturally Responsive Teaching in Special Education
Research within our program is collaborative and interdisciplinary. Such collaborations
have resulted in international travel opportunities, national and international publication,
grant funding and national conference presentations for our students and faculty. Our
faculty represent a broad range of special education experience, including classroom
teachers, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and special education administration.
Our research focuses not only on students and children, but also stakeholders such
as teachers, administrators, families, and therapists.
The federal TEACH Grant Program may provide up to $4,000 a year to aid students seeking degrees in high-needs fields
and who meet specific eligibility requirements. Students must sign an Agreement to
Serve and acknowledge that if the terms are not fulfilled, the grant will be converted
to a loan that must be repaid.
Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.